When you have chronic pain, your body’s own healing abilities could prove to be the relief you need. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors and Stem Cells. These are the cells from which our entire body is derived in embryonic stage. Some of these cells survive in adults and can help heal the body by forming new healthy tissues or healing injuries. PRP is injected in many sites to revive lost function like hair loss and skin laxity, or to relieve pain due to joint, muscle or ligament damage. At MINTS Medical in Lincoln Square, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad provides PRP therapy for patients in Chicago, Illinois, who are looking for pain relief or a way to restore hair.
PRP is a treatment that makes use of your body’s growth factors to ease pain or stimulate hair growth. PRP involves removing a sample of your plasma, then using a centrifugal machine to create plasma that’s rich in platelets. Dr. Ahmad injects this plasma into the affected part of your body to produce the desired results.
This type of treatment helps you grow new hair, providing you with a more youthful appearance.
If you suffer from ongoing pain that hasn’t responded to other types of treatment, such as medications, PRP might offer relief without the side effects or risk of adverse reactions. You might also want to consider PRP if you’ve experienced hair loss due to age or other factors.
When PRP starts, you can expect to have a sample of blood or plasma drawn, which should only feel like a brief, mild pinch. Your blood sample goes into a centrifugal device so that the platelet-rich part of it is separate from the rest. Dr. Ahmad takes the PRP and injects it into your joints or hair follicles as needed.
If you’re worried about pain, you can ask Dr. Ahmad about local anesthesia or nerve blocks to help minimize your chance of feeling anything.
PRP has several growth factors that stimulate your body’s healing process or promote activity in hair follicles. When you have PRP injected into your affected joint or your scalp, it kicks the healing process into motion. That results in either the growth of new hair on your scalp or a reduction in pain and stiffness if you experience chronic pain.
Dr. Ahmad evaluates you thoroughly to determine if PRP is a good choice for you. Keep in mind that not everyone can have this type of treatment done.
For example, patients with underlying medical conditions, such as chronic infections or liver disease, aren’t considered suitable candidates. Dr. Ahmad makes sure that you’re a good candidate for PRP before recommending this type of treatment for pain relief or hair loss.
If you need more information on PRP for hair growth or pain relief, please contact Mints Medical for an appointment with Dr. Ahmad.